Personified Wisdom

This coming Sunday’s first lesson is taken from Proverbs 8.  You can read the text of it below.  This Sunday will be family worship, and so you won’t hear me preaching.  But some thoughtful meditation on Scripture is always helpful for all of us.

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?

2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;

3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:

4 “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.

22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.

23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth—

26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.

27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,

31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Read this passage through.  What particularly stands out to you?  What is the word, or the phrase?  Wisdom personified.  The aggregate of wise-living according to truth, makes up “wisdom.”  Wisdom is established from before Creation.  Consider the start of the Gospel of John, where the Son is referenced as the Word of God.  The Word is the Wisdom of God.

Read the passage again – what does it mean to you?  Is there a calm assurance in the knowledge of your Redeemer’s role in the act of creation?  Does the amazing Creation that God has put us in, and given us faculties to appreciate – does this Creation move you to marvel at God’s Wisdom? to praise God for His gracious favour?

One more time – read the passage.  What is the response that God moves you to, because of His Wisdom in Creation?  Can you trust Him? 

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